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Our most recommended Apulia Museums & Exhibitions

Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

1. Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

After meeting your guide, set out for a sightseeing Alberobello tour. Follow your guide into the historical center of Rione Monti, which boasts over 1,000 iconic Trulli buildings. Marvel at the unique architecture of these fascinating buildings while learning about their history and significance. Continue the tour with a visit to Rione Aia Piccola, an area that best represents the ancient medieval village where you can stop at the viewpoint to take some beautiful pictures. Your journey ends at the city's highest point, where the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua is located. Notice the similarities between the church and the Trulli buildings and soak up the historical atmosphere of the site as you listen to your guide's tales and anecdotes.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

2. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Alberobello's Trulli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

3. Alberobello's Trulli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

You tour begins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aia Piccola, found  in the heart of the city of the trulli. Trulli are traditional houses built entirely of stone without mortar or cement. Every year, thousands of tourists come to see this ancient city and its relics of rural life. Tour the historical center of the city and follow the narrow streets through the neighborhoods of Aia Piccola and Monti. Visit the ancient church of St. Anthony, the only trullo-shaped church in the world, opened to the public in June 1927. Inside of the Sovereign Trullo (housed in the museum), find decor typical to the 20th century, and discover why it was declared an Italian national monument in 1923.

Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

4. Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

This exciting tour begins at the Piazzetta Pascoli with a breathtaking view over the stunning Sassi di Matera and highland plateau of the Murgia. From here, you can see the Palazzo Lanfranchi, home to the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata, and the nearby Church of the Carmine. Continue the tour through the heart of the ancient dwellings of Sassi, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly built and partly carved out of the rock themselves and furnished as it used to be during the peasant civilization. Visit the church of Saint Lucy of the Malve and admire some striking frescoes and elaborate architecture before continuing the tour towards the ancient Gravina to the museum of farm history, with typical peasant dwellings, as well as artifacts and tools from the ancient peasant life. You'll also get to visit a typical cave house from around 1900, and pass the cave church of Saint Lucia delle Malve. Before the day's end, return to the center of town for a stroll around the town's Baroque area and admire some stunning churches of this style, including Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi. End the fascinating tour at a look-out point over the Sasso Barisano in front of the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral.

Metaponto: 3-Hour Guided Archeological Site Tour

5. Metaponto: 3-Hour Guided Archeological Site Tour

Your tour begins with a visit to the National Archeological Museum of Metaponto, where you will discover the history of the city. From there you will visit the Archeological Park of Apollonio Licio with its urban sanctuary which is part of both the Agorà and the main North-South Axis (Plateia). Following that you will move to the Tavole Palatine, the Doric temple built by Acheans in 630 B.C. The temple was also called the “school of Phytagoras”, in memory of both the great philosopher and his school.   Your tour will later end with the archeological site of Pantanello. This area has acquired a great anthropological value after an excavation campaign carried out by the University of Texas in 1974. During the archeological excavations, an incredible variety of remains were found in a state of exceptional conservation.

Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

6. Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

The Walking Guided Tour of the Sassi starts in Piazza Pascoli with a historical and anthropological introduction of the Sassi neighborhoods. The tour continues through the historic center. Along the way, the guide will illustrate Baroque churches such as the Church of Purgatory and the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi. After visiting Piazza Vittorio Veneto - the main square of the historic center - the guide will lead you to explore an extraordinary hypogeum environment and, afterward, typically furnished cave-house with household furniture and work tools used by farmers in the fields. Crossing the Barisano neighborhood you enter the Sasso Caveoso area, dominated by the Monterrone cliff. On the top of the cliff, as indicated by a wrought iron cross, there are two ancient places of worship: the two churches of Madonna dell'Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone completely carved into the rock. The tour continues with the visit to a rock-hewn church. Enjoy a light lunch, sampling Matera's traditional food delicacies and pairing it with fine local wine, right at the end of your guided tour.

Matera: Crypt of the Original Sin Ticket and Transfer

7. Matera: Crypt of the Original Sin Ticket and Transfer

Discover the beautiful frescoes in the Crypt of the Original Sin with an included ticket and transfer from Matera. Learn about the history of this ancient cave and its captivating art with an audio guide. Meet your driver at the meeting point in Matera, then drive for approximately 20 minutes to the crypt in an air-conditioned minivan. Upon arrival, enter the natural cave and prepare to be amazed by rock paintings that date from the 8th century. See various depictions of biblical scenes, including the one of Adam and Eve that gives the crypt its name. Hear how the cave was used as a church by Benedictine monks, and find out how the frescos showcase typical properties of Benedictine art at the time. After your tour of the crypt, you'll return to Matera and be dropped off at the original meeting point.

Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

8. Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

It is impossible to miss one of the most emblematic symbols of the city of Bari, the Norman-Swabian Castle, an imposing fortress dating back to the 13th century, now turned into a museum. With its extensive moat it overlooks the gates of Bari Vecchia, flanking the perimeter of the city, which was defended by it since the Roman times. To the defensive function, the Normans added the monitoring of the territory. Afterwards, as the seat of the court of Isabella of Aragon, the Castle acquired a Renaissance style and was completed with the defensive wall, the corner bastions, the drawbridge and the quadrangular courtyard. The complete tour of the Castle (inside and outside) comes with the access to the Gipsoteca, an interesting collection of Romanesque sculptures and plaster casts, which reflect the details of the most important monuments of Puglia, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.

Mesagne: Private Tour of Ancient Town and Outdoor Museum

9. Mesagne: Private Tour of Ancient Town and Outdoor Museum

Commence your guided tour from the castle, the most famous monument in town. Learn its history, from a fortified encampment in the eleventh century to its use as a Baronial residence. Explore its auditorium and access the 20-meter tall tower, discovering the ways in which the castle was used over the ages. Then visit the Granafei museum, where you will witness the important archaeological discoveries from the historical Messapian civilization that once flourished in these lands.  Afterwards, wander through the ancient town and visit the majestic church dedicated to All Saints, built between 1649 and 1660. Marvel at the interiors decorated with fine stucco and the superb high altar. Study the paintings by local artists, including the Madonna del Carmine, the work of the Neapolitan painter Bonito.

Peschici: Private Puglia Tour

10. Peschici: Private Puglia Tour

Peschici is a charming seaside village in Gargano, in the north of Puglia. This guided tour will take you to one of the most beautiful resorts in the entire region, starting from the Porta del Ponte and entering the historic center. Within the city center you will discover palaces and churches with different architectural styles, which are the result of different historical periods and conquests. During the tour you will visit the church of Sant'Elia Profeta (the patron saint of Peschici), which is built with large blocks of marble stones from the local quarries, and has an imposing bell tower. The tour then continues towards the castle, the first structure built in the current historical center. The castle was built on the remains of a Greek stronghold by the Normans, who arrived in this land in around the year 1000. Over the years the castle has been remodeled, but continues to rise impressively close to the rocky ridge and dominate the sea. Over time it has been possible to recover several works of art, jewelry, old work tools, and clothes, which can be reviewed in the permanent exhibition (the museum of torture). Here you will find a total of 60 pieces, which represent periods ranging from the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance.

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What people are saying about Apulia

Wido fue excelente. Tiene pleno conocimiento del área y de la historia de Alberobello. Nos llevo a unas áreas no turísticas y conocimos al verdadero Alberobello. Precioso.

The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. We enjoyed the tour and will highly recommend it!

Milena was very knowledgeable and insightful into the history of the region. Awesome couple of hours. Thank you!

Milena was awesome! She was passionate and was very informative about the history. Would recommend this tour.

Fascinating unique town. So much to see. Very helpful and pleasant guide